Joe Jackson died on Wednesday, a Jackson family source confirmed to ET. He was 89.
ET confirmed last week that the Jackson family patriarch’s health had taken a turn for the worse and his family was gathering to say their goodbyes.
A Jackson family source told ET that he was in a Las Vegas hospital with terminal cancer. According to the source, Jackson has been battling the illness for a while now and doctors recently told members of the family that he has limited time to live because the cancer cannot be treated.
Jackson was previously in the hospital in 2016 after he became weak and struck a high fever during a regularly scheduled checkup with his doctor. The brief illness sparked rumors that he was dying — or had already died. Those rumors were quickly dispelled by Jackson himself.
He also suffered a stroke on July 26, 2015 (the same day as his 87th birthday) while traveling in Brazil.
But Jackson recovered from both illnesses, showing that despite his years, he was still tough. He referenced that toughness recently when he shared some advice for grandson Blanket Jackson in a heartfelt video: “Be like me: Be tough, in a good way, and you’ll live a long time.”
Joe was the father of late music legend Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009. He was also the father of four daughters — Janet, La Toya, Rebbie and Joh’Vonnie — and six other sons — Jermaine, Randy, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Brandon, who died in March 1957 just after he was born. Joe was married to wife Katherine since 1949.
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